Definition of quicksilver in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪksɪlvə/


[mass noun]
1The liquid metal mercury.
Example sentences
  • Mercury has long been known also by the name quicksilver, because it is a silver liquid.
  • It is the secret, the mystery of quicksilver, that a metal of such enormous density can yet remain liquid.
  • California exported nearly all its silver to Asian markets, as well as much of its quicksilver [mercury], which was a key new element in improving the extraction of precious metals from ore.
1.1 [as modifier] Moving or changing rapidly and unpredictably: his quicksilver wit
More example sentences
  • Tex Avery had wit, quicksilver charm, and near-boundless inventive genius.
  • And another quicksilver attack saw Carlton cross for the rapidly arriving Twiss - but Uberschar deflected his shot for a corner.
  • But he is an immensely gifted comic, with a quicksilver imagination which is like a video player permanently jammed in fast-forward.

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